Sebaceous Filaments, Blackheads, and Whiteheads - What are the differences?

Before We Go On

What are these three types of acne? Today we'll be looking at what they each are and ways to treat them. 


Sebaceous filaments

Are made up of a tiny collection of dead skin cells, and look like a yellow to white hair-like strand. To counter this it's best to cleanse thoroughly to loosen the sebaceous filaments. It is important to remember to keep dirt, oil and other debris to keep the sebaceous filament at bay.


An open comedo that is black or dark brown because of the oxidation of melanin. To get rid of blackheads its best to leave them alone. It's best to have a professional properly extract the blackheads to avoid scarring or intruding your pores. Cleansing properly with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid and exfoliates with AHAs and BHAs will keep blackheads much clearer.


A closed comedo where the pimple remains under the skin. They are small and flesh-colored with a bit of white. Don't bother picking at them, it's best to use products that contain salicylic and glycolic to prevent whiteheads from forming.


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